Kenechi Udeze
    Kenechi  Udeze

    RS Senior

    Los Angeles

    High School:
    Verbum Dei

    Height / Weight:
    6-4 / 285




    2003: Udeze, one of the nation?s premier defensive ends, returns for his third year as a starter as a junior in 2003. He's a candidate for national and conference honors and helps form college football's top defensive line.

    2002: Udeze, who became a proven young defensive end as just a sophomore, started for his second season in 2002. Overall in 2002 while starting all 13 games, he had 44 tackles, including 16 for losses of 65 yards (with 7.5 sacks for 45 yards), plus a team-best 6 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception, 1 deflection and a blocked field goal. He shared the Pac-10 lead in forced fumbles (6). His 6 forced fumbles is a USC record. He made the 2002 All-Pac-10 second team and was USC?s Defensive Lineman of the Year. After the season, he had arthroscopic surgery to remove torn cartilage in his knee.

    Against Auburn, 3 of his 5 tackles were for losses. He had a tackle for a loss at Colorado, 5 stops and a forced fumble (which USC recovered to set up a TD) at Kansas State and 4 tackles (2 for losses, with a sack) with a deflection and forced fumble against Oregon State. He had 5 tackles (with a sack) and forced a fumble at Washington State, then added 3 tackles against California, 5 tackles (including 4 for losses of 23 yards, with 2 sacks), a forced fumble and he blocked a field goal against Washington and a tackle at Oregon. He added 5 tackles and intercepted a pass that he batted into the air at the line of scrimmage at Stanford. Against Arizona State, he had 4 tackles, a fumble recovery (to set up a USC TD) and a forced fumble. All 4 of his tackles at UCLA were for losses (with 2 sacks) and he forced a fumble (which USC recovered to set up a field goal). He added a tackle against Iowa in the Orange Bowl.

    2001: Udeze was a pleasant surprise as a redshirt freshman defensive end in 2001, starting 10 games (all but Oregon and Stanford). Overall in 2001 while appearing in all 12 games, he had 35 tackles, including 9 for losses of 43 yards (with 4 sacks for minus 25 yards), a fumble recovery, 3 forced fumbles and a deflection. He tied for third in the Pac-10 in forced fumbles (3). He made the 2001 The Sporting News Freshman All-American second team and The Sporting News Freshman All-Pac-10 first team. He won USC?s Co-Lifter Award. He was moved to end from tackle in 2001 fall camp.

    In the San Jose State opener, he had 4 tackles (1 for a loss) in his Trojan debut. He added 7 stops (with a sack) against Kansas State. He had 3 tackles versus Stanford (with a fumble recovery), Washington (1 for a loss), Notre Dame (with a forced fumble) and California (with a sack and a forced fumble that USC returned for a TD) and 2 at Arizona (1 for a loss) and Oregon State (both were for losses, with a sack). Against UCLA, he had a tackle for a loss and forced a fumble that USC recovered. He had 6 tackles (including a 12-yard sack) against Utah.

    2000: Udeze redshirted as a freshman defensive tackle in 2000, his first year at USC.

    HIGH SCHOOL: His 1999 honors included Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Tom Lemming All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention, Orange County Register Fab 15 honorable mention, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Las Vegas Sun Super 11 honorable mention, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Small Schools first team, All-CIF Division XI first team, Los Angeles Times All-Central City first team and All-Camino Real League Defensive MVP as a senior two-way lineman at Verbum Dei High in Los Angeles (Calif.). He made 88 tackles, 24 tackles for losses, 13 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 3 blocked kicks in 1999.

    As a 1998 junior, he posted 79 tackles and 14 sacks on defense and did not allow a sack on offense.

    He also was a shot putter on Verbum Dei?s track team, with a best of 56-7.

    PERSONAL: He?s a sociology major at USC. His nickname, ?BKU,? stands for Big Kenechi Udeze. His first name means ?God?s love will always be with me? in Nigerian. His sports heroes are NFL star defensive linemen Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan.

    CAREER #Includes 1 blocked field goal
    2001 (Fr.)359/431100 0.000
    2002 (So.)4416/652#1100.000